Honda Sets Fuel Economy Record

Last week, Honda scored a record from the Guinness Book of World Records for fuel economy.

Last week, Honda scored a record from the Guinness Book of World Records for fuel economy.

That’s good news if you’re in Europe and you care about fuel economy.

It’s not at all important should you live, oh, in the U.S.

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That’s because:

The vehicle that achieved the record is a Civic Tourer. That’s a Civic-based station wagon. That’s something that isn’t available in the U.S.

The vehicle was equipped with a 1.6 i-DTEC engine. That’s a diesel engine. That’s something that isn’t available in the U.S.

But for those who are interested, the record in question is “Lowest fuel consumption—all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars).” I nearly ran out of proverbial gas before I finished typing that name.

What this meant was that they had to go to all 24 contiguous EU countries and to obtain evidence of being there (logbook, GPS readings, photographs, autographs of independent witnesses).

The vehicle traveled 8,387 miles over 25 days. It was piloted by two members of Honda’s European R&D team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren.

They achieved an average of 100.31 mpg.

The car—paint scheme notwithstanding—is stock, not modified for hypermiling.

The drivers reportedly “used some very logical methods including careful and sensible route planning, driving smoothly and consistently without harsh acceleration or braking, anticipating the road conditions ahead, carrying no unnecessary weight, and ensuring that the car was correctly maintained at all times.”

It is also noted that “Driving speed was always within the law and keeping up with traffic conditions.”

How demanding was the drive?

Well, McGrath said, “After spending so much time behind the wheel Julian and I are just happy to be back behind our desks for a while!”

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